PHILADELPHIA--The Penn men's soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision to Columbia Saturday night at Rhodes Field. Unable to capitalize on chances early in the game, the clock ran out on the Quakers' comeback attempt.
Penn had a few chances in the first half with shots by Kevin Unger and Christian Barriero blocked and another by Barreiro that clanged off the post.
Columbia had its chances too, including a couple runs by Bayo Adafin that tested the defense. Just before the end of the first half the Lions broke the stalemate with a goal at 44:20. Scott Strickland pushed a shot through traffic to the low right post to get on the board before the break.
The Quakers had chances again early in the second with nine corner kicks, but were unable to convert any of them.
Adafin took off on another speedy run and shook his defenders to bury a shot in the 69th minute.
Playing with urgency, the Quakers found a goal in the 84th minute. Senior Ryan Porch headed home a throw-in from sophomore Zach Barnett.
In all, the Red and Blue outshot the Lions 15-4 and put seven on goal, but it was not enough to take down Columbia.
The Quakers hit the road for their next outing at Dartmouth. Game time is set for 7 p.m.